Department of Revenue offers tips for filing income taxes

Tax refund checks for 788 Guam taxpayers were mailed yesterday, said governor's spokeswoman Oyaol Ngirairikl.

The federal personal income tax filing deadline is April 15 but will be enforced on Tuesday, April 18 this year because the 15th is a Saturday and the following Monday is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C. State income tax filing deadlines vary by state, but most states conform to the federal deadline. This is part of a broad effort by the IRS, states and the entire tax industry to lessen the risk of tax-related identity theft. Beginning in 2017, taxpayers using a tax filing software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount from their prior-year tax return to verify their identity.

"Some states, such as Alabama, will ask taxpayers who e-file to provide both the DLN as well as date of issue, expiration number and issuing state", says Mark Jaeger, director of Tax Development for TaxAct.

For those who want to wait for Rev and Tax's paper forms and instruction booklets, those are expected to be available by the middle of next month. It really is that simple, the safest as well as quickest and easiest way to file your return is electronically.

There are several obvious problems with this request, not the least of which is the fact that 1040EZ forms are filed by individual taxpayers, not their employers, and not every taxpayer will even be using the 1040EZ form to file with the IRS.

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To get this filing help, taxpayers can visit one of the more than 12,000 community-based tax help sites that participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

"The EITC is an important tax benefit for working people and their families". Numerous online versions proclaim free filing without clearly defining what is or isn't included.

A few other things to consider in the 20-page summary of the 2015 Act include the prohibition on filing amended returns to claim refundable credits when the qualified individual did not have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or ITIN. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after January 2 and before May 31 are granted additional time to file through May 31. Check with your state tax agency to see what's available. The EITC could be worth as much as $6,269 for a married couple with three or more children.

The Internal Revenue Service has said that it successfully started accepting and processing 2016 federal individual income tax returns on schedule. Workers without a qualifying child could be eligible for a smaller credit up to $506. More than 153 million returns are expected to be filed this year.

We touched a lot of topics in this article and if you made it this far, you may have lingering questions, or new questions. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation "Georgia, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds" in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

  • Darren Santiago